The Hague & Delft
Enjoy the short coach trip to Delft. Hop on bus 40 for a visit to the last remaining Delftware manufacturer (Rotterdamseweg 196, Delft). Admire the 17th century hand painted Delft earthenware or pick up a modern version by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
Head back to the center of Delft and stroll around the historic inner city. A visit to the Royal Tomb in the nEW cHURCH (Markt 80, Delft) will show you the burial tomb of Willem of Orange (1533-1584) who is considered the founding father of the Netherlands. Enjoy a nice lunch at Kleyweg's Stads-Koffyhuis (Oude Delft 133, Delft), during the summer months grab a table on their floating terrace.
After a short coach ride to The Hague take some time to visit the Mauritshuis (Korte Vijverberg 8) and admire Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring" along with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals and Steen. The Hague is the seat of government and therefore a visit to "Het Binnenhof" with its historical government buildings should not be missed. Pass by the pretty pond "Hofvijver" on your way to Palace Noordeinde (Noordeinde 64, The Hague), which is now being used as the workplace of Queen Beatrix.
The Hague is also known for the Peace Palace (Carnegieplein 2, The Hague), home of the International Court of Justice. The Palace is open to the public through guided tours. Pick up some souvenirs in the trendy shopping area "Haagsche Bluf" (Haagsche Bluf, The Hague) before ending you day with a nice dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Denneweg or Frederikstraat.
THE HAGUE & DELFT
A cosmopolitan city, The Hague is bursting with style and culture and full of parks and elegant homes. Its 18th century French look suits its role as a diplomatic centre and the site of the International Court of Justice housed in the famous Peace Palace. Home to the seat of the National Government and the official residence of the Dutch Monarchs there are three Royal Palaces that grace the city.
Suggested itinerary for coach tour holidays & group travel
Depart the UK.
Travel to Dover for the ferry crossing to Calais then onto your hotel in The HaguE
We start the day with a guided tour of The Hague which will show the main cultural and historical sights this city has to offer, including Noordeinde Palace, Queen Beatrix's Office and The Binnenhof where the Dutch Parliament is established. In the afternoon enjoy some free time in The Hague to visit any of the great museums including the Gemeentemuseum or spend some time shopping in Holland's oldest shopping centre, The Passage. Alternatively why not visit the elegant seaside resort of Scheveningen for some free time and a stroll along the magnificent beaches.
Today, we take a trip to the nearby town of Delft famous for its Royal Porcelain of which we include a guided tour of their factory. Delft is best discovered on foot, walking along its tree-lined canals with centuries-old houses and little bridges. Discover the 'Oude Kerk' with its leaning tower housing Holland's loudest sounding bell, or see the town from a different perspective on a canal cruise. If you have time why not fit in a visit to Madurodam and discover Holland on a scale of 1:25.
Return to the UK.
Travel to Calais for the ferry crossing to Dover and journey home